Krishni remembers a brief period many years ago when all the snacks in the house were store-bought. This was when packaged food was gaining popularity—indeed, for the average middle-class household, it was somewhat aspirational. “Things like potato or banana chips, chaklis and chivda, which we used to previously make at home, switched to being store-bought.” … Read moreThe first real ‘grown-up’ cooking experience was the simple act of washing
Not everyone, though, quite agrees with this narrative of conflict and fault lines in the Indian media. R. Jagannathan, editorial director of Swarajya, and an often vocal critic of the liberal media, says that, for one, the questioning of those in power “was always treated as an attack, and the only thing was that they … Read moreIt’s not going to be as polarised, say, five years down the line
Anshu Gupta’s short answer to the last question would be “yes”. On the ground in Ernakulam for weeks now, the Magsaysay winner and co-founder of Goonj, an NGO that focuses on disaster relief, harks back to the 2015 Chennai floods, another disaster that catalyzed social media mobilization. It also brought an ostentatious breed of virtue … Read moreSeeing red at the virtue signal
Roughly 2,100km east, back in Kolkata, a drowsy attendant in Indian Museum’s Bharhut Gallery is startled by a camera flash. Saree pleats clutched in one hand, she chides the culprit for standing on the base of a 2,000-year-old Sunga stupa. I decide to take the museum director up on his offer of seeing the improved … Read moreWho’ll guard objects they aren’t trained to respect?
But Patanjali goes a step beyond that, more closely aping well-established brands in naming and/or outward appearance. Sure, it’s something a newcomer might do, but wouldn’t a firm with ambitions of ruling the market want to set itself apart? Bijoor points out that Patanjali is different from every other arriviste new kid on the block … Read morePatanjali mimics the market leaders in packaging